Saturday, December 1, 2012

One very strange night

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On either Wednesday or Thursday after hubby and I came home from work a few things were turned over. We didn't think much of it because we have been getting mice in the traps for a few days, 4 or 5 so far. Hubby found the hole where he thought the mice were coming down from the attic and patched it. It was a hole where we had removed a wire and it had duck tape over it while waiting to be patched. The mice ate through the tape. I was sure that the traps would get whatever had been in the house.

During the night I heard some noises, I thought they were from the attic.

Yesterday afternoon Emily and I laid down for an afternoon nap. I heard the noises again and thanked God that whatever it was was staying in the attic. Later that night I was not feeling very well so Emily and I had a treat and had dinner in my bed. I heard some noises and pointed it out to my husband.
We put Emily to bed and I turned in early. I watched some tv and as soon as I turned it off I heard the noises. I made hubby come in and of course he heard nothing. He said don't worry and go to bed.
I laid down again and the noises started almost immediately. He was up watching tv so I made him come and sit in the room with me, no tv, no lights. After almost an hour of this, with both of us falling in and out of sleep, we heard the noises. Hubby said that's not from the attic I think it is in the wall or basement.

At this point Emily starts screaming for help because she wet the bed! My daughter has almost never wet the bed. Hubby and I went in changed the bed, washed and changed her, and put her back to bed.

Hubby stopped to listen to the noises again and then was convinced it was in the wall. He moved the bed away from the wall and signaled me to leave the room. I ran to the kitchen and jumped on a chair convinced it was a mouse.

He ran into the kitchen and yelled it's a squirrel, it's a squirrel under the bed.

Omg! I ran to Emily's room and slammed the door. From my bedroom all I could hear was furniture being tossed around and hubby yelling. Several thuds and 30 minutes later hubby said you can come out now. He had gotten the squirrel to run up a piece of wood and out the window.

After a thorough look outside our house this afternoon hubby figured out that the squirrel had eaten a hole in the soffit above the bedroom window and got into the attic from there he must have used the hole the mice had been using. Once he patched the hole the squirrel had nowhere to go so it hid in my bedroom. 

All of the holes are now patched and a have a heart trap is being given to us tomorrow just in case it or it's friends have decided to live in the attic.

How was your night?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Challenge of Color and Finally Friday

If you are a follower of my blog you know I love color challenges. I was so excited for this challenge and when I received my e-mail from Erin where she gave me two color palettes to choose from I let out a little squeal. I chose to make something for both color palettes because I liked them both. 

First up I chose this Vintaj butterfly. From it I wire wrapped a lampwork glass bead and an agate.

Then I wire wrapped a porcelain button with a teardrop chalcedony.

To finish the necklace I wire wrapped dozens of smoky quartz beads.

For palette #2 I started with the blue focal from Round Rabbit.

To it I wire wrapped lampwork glass beads, gemstones and porcelain beads.
To finish I added a lampwork glass dangle.

Finally Friday

Today is also the reveal of what I made from this Design-Seeds palette:
warm escape

I started with this beautiful handmade button.

To the button I wire wrapped several chalcedony teardrops.

For the chain I wire wrapped crystals and these striped teardrop glass beads.

The result is a simple, pretty and flirty necklace.

Here is the palette for December 14th:
winter tints

Can't you feel the cold air hitting your lungs when you look at this picture?

Hope to see you back here in 2 weeks!

Please visit the other participants in the challenge of color:

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman (had to bow out due to a wrist injury)
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tips

Would you believe I am out of photo storage space here on my blog? Blogger or well Google wants me to pay to upgrade. It is now a monthly fee. I cannot believe it. I really don't want to have another bill. I guess it is all part of doing business but for now I have figured out a way around it. I upload my photos to photobucket first and then copy the direct url and give blogger the direct url to the picture in photobucket. Make sense? No, not really to me either but it works and I am pretty excited because I wouldn't be able to share photos otherwise. It works for now but is an extra step so I am not sure for how much longer.
I am having a new website and blog design done as we speak so I may just move over to that blog in the future :-)

Please increase your cuticle oil use. 
I stayed at the cabin for Thanksgiving and it has forced air and oh are my cuticles dry! 
The only thing that saved me was the tiny bottle of cuticle oil I have stashed in my purse.

Have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Echo Creative Club Reveal

Today is the reveal of the Echo Creative Club November blog hop.
I love this necklace so much I wore it to work last week.

I wire wrapped a wood, smoky quartz, and a lampwork glass bead to the leaf.

I attached this to a Vintaj donut which I used as a toggle.

I discovered that as a toggle it did not want to stay closed so I changed it from a toggle closure to a lobster claw closure at the back of the neck. Much better!

bad cell phone picture :-)

I love this simple long necklace. It is earthy and fun and can be worn with anything. 
The lampwork bead has green and purple in it.
Thank you so much to Jeannie for this beautiful leaf. I found this necklace to be wonderfully tactile and I really enjoyed this months challenge. I find it more difficult to make simple pieces. My motto of more is more sometimes makes me not know when to stop. I kept saying to myself (yes I talk to myself) beaded chain? leather? Does it need more? No, STOP! So I did and I left it simple. Now I will have to make some more of these I just loved it so much!

Check out the other bloggers:
Charlie Jacka
Cindy Cima Edwards
Donna Martin Bradley
Jeannie K Dukic <---our and="and" bead="bead" fearless="fearless" leader="leader" maker="maker" var="var">
Kristen Stevens
Shannon Chomanczuk <---me :-=":-" div="div">
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

Have a great day!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Finally Friday

I am enjoying the company of my husband and beautiful daughter today.
I hope you are having a wonderful week enjoying time with your family.

warm escape

I will see you next week for the reveal of the Finally Friday inspired piece I made.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Tips

Red Mylar Acrylic Nails

So my tip for today?

How not to have dry skin from dish washing?
How not to have turkey guts under your nails?
How not to stain your nails when cleaning/cutting pomegranates, tomatoes, and black walnuts?
How not to ruin your manicure gardening?

Yes, you are right - get someone else to do it for you ;-)
But seriously - wear gloves.
I have several different kinds of gloves that I like but my favorite are the blue disposable nitrile gloves. They are cheap so I don't feel bad throwing them out after use,
 especially after cleaning out the turkey :-P

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Mine is stuffing, Mmmmm....

I hope you have a wonderful day

Monday, November 19, 2012

My Week in Pictures


I love Instagram!

If you use Instagram I am @sechomanczuk 

For those that don't use it or know about it Instagram is like facebook for pictures and the coolest part of Instagram is the filters you can add to your photos.

Here is my week in photos, some are Instagram and some were just taken on my iphone. 
Did you know I broke my phone? Yup, smashed my screen, I was so sad but Apple care came to the rescue and I was able to get a new phone.
Here's my week in pictures:

This little deer spent a few days eating the grass in my backyard 
and hiding from the hunter across the street :-)

Here is my little stinker helping me add star sprinkles to our cupcakes.

They came out so good, and cute too.

Here is the start of a necklace I am working on for the challenge of color, reveal date id Nov 30th. I cut it all apart several time so this is not the finished product. That's how I roll.

Here is another piece I am working on. 
If you read my blog you will have heard about Finally Friday and the color challenge's I do. 
This fun group of beads is for the current challenge to be revealed on the 30th.

This is a little earring tree I have at the salon, it has on it a sampling of my hammered copper and sterling silver hoop earrings and my ornaments.

I tossed bread out for the birds, I got this guy instead :-)

Would you believe she is only 3
I have to blow dry her hair after her bath! It is so thick it never dries, crazy.

Happy Monday

Friday, November 16, 2012

Finally Friday

prickly purples

This is a great color palette isn't it? Love purple.

Here is what I made:

I was playing with 2 of the buttons I bought at the Sheep and Woll festival. Then I added beads from Humblebeads, Gaea, Vintaj, PinkBeach, and some glass seed beads from TwistedSistah.

These 2 necklace obviously fall into my current theme of In Circles :-)

Here is the palette for next time - 2 weeks:

warm escape

How beautiful is that? I am freezing right now, it's about 20 degrees here in NY. 
Brrr... I would love to hang out in that hammock :-)

Hope you have a great Friday and I hope to see you link up your blog in 2 weeks for Finally Friday

ps: you do not have to use all the colors in the palette

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday Tips

Gelish gel nails

Well these are the perfect Fall nails aren't they?

I love Fall and I can't believe this weather today. It was so beautiful that I even had the doors open for a while. I am so happy the weather has been so good for the cleanup efforts of Hurricane Sandy. I cannot imagine what these people are dealing with and some milder temps must be helping a bit.

I am looking forward to the movie Twilight hitting theaters this weekend. I have plans to go with the girls to see it. Last year when part 1 came out I was invited to go but I had not seen any of the movies so my friend lent me all of movies. Hubby and I watched 1 on Thursday, 1 on Friday, 1 on Saturday and then on Sunday I went and saw the new one in the theater. By the end of the weekend I was hooked and kind of missed having a new movie to watch every night.
So we borrowed all the Harry Potter movies, but I digress...

Are you going to see the Twilight movie this weekend?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Finally Friday - Inspiration

prickly purples
Design-Seeds - prickly purples

Today is not the reveal day you still have 1 more week.
Today I wanted to share with you a few beady things I found on etsy which inspired me.

First are these beautiful lampwork beads from Donna Millard. They are the perfect inspiration for this color palette. I love the clear glass that envelopes the purple. Just stunning.

I had to share these because I just loved them. I love etched glass beads and the addition of the fine silver is just lovely.

I hope you will visit me next week and link up what you have made from the Design-Seeds palette.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tuesday Tips

I made this photo x-large because I wanted you to see the detail. These are Magneto by Gelish and I used a striped magnet. These were fun to do and I am just loving the Magneto polishes.

I am so busy right now. The class I was taking Flourish and Thrive Academy is wrapping up and Morning Whip with Erika Lyremark is just starting.

I am working on whipping my business into shape.
The first order of business is I am changing the name. I haven't figured out what to do with my blog but I will. I started a new website and I am working on that.

I was a busy girl today (yesterday by the time you are reading this) and I got my Christmas ornaments almost finished and got an order already, thanks Mike :-)

hammered copper and sterling silver earrings

ornaments waiting to be finished

ornaments getting their holes, eyelets and ribbons

Hope you have a great day!


Friday, November 2, 2012

Finally Friday - Crashing Blues

crashing blues
Design-Seeds - Crashing Blues

I am in love with this necklace. I shared it on the Hudson valley Etsy team blog where I am guest blogger on Wednesday's but it fits for this palette too so I wanted to share it with you.
I have been working on a circle collection which I was calling going in circles but I have changed that to in circles :-) Every piece in this collection starts with one circle. Either a button or a round pendant and then I build the piece around that one circular element. I have been working on this collection for about 3 months and I am loving where it is taking me. I hope tp reveal more pieces to you guys soon and hope to get the whole collection finished soon. Yay. Squares or triangles next? Lol
Anyway, here is the necklace:

Dear Gaea, I love your white beads. But then you probably know that :-) 

Here is the palette for TWO weeks:

prickly purples
Design-Seeds - prickly purples
Link up your designs below!